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The Duke of Aosta and His Men: Eternal Guardians of Italian East Africa

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The Duke of Aosta contracted both Tuberculosis and malaria, and passed away in a British POW camp located in Thika, Kenya on March 3, 1942.

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The Battle of Bir el Gubi


The Battle of Bir el Gubi, also known as Bir el Gobi, would earn an honored place in Italian military history.

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Prince Amedeo Savoia-Aosta: The Warrior Prince of Italy

Prince Amedeo knew the battle of Keren would decide the fate of Italian East Africa.  Picture courtesy of Royaltyguide.

The Duke launched small operations at both the British in Kenya and the French in French Somalia in June of 1940. The main assault on British Somaliland started on August 3rd 1940. The Duke had about 25,000 men fighting under the leadership of General Guglielmo Nasi pour into the British territory that day. They captured town after town, and by August 19th the last British troops who were pushed to the coast were now evacuated to the sea by the Royal Navy.

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